Advancements at the cluster level
The number o clusters with intensive programs o growth more than doubledduring the past year, rom 42 at Riḍván 2007 to at least 90 (projected) as o Riḍván 2008. This places the American Bahá’í community on a pace to achieveits goal o 233 intensive programs o growth by the end o the Plan.This notable progress received its impetus rom steadily increasing participationin the institute process—with more believers working to complete the ull se-quence o Ruhi courses—in the core activities, and in other associated services.The aggregate increases since Riḍván 2006 illustrate our growing commitmentto this organically unolding process, while also revealing a potential yet to beachieved. For example:
20,300 to 27,000.
The number o seekers attending core activities also increased signicantly,especially in the more advanced clusters. As the numbers are steadily increasing,it is dicult at present to report an aggregate or the entire country. But it isclear that those attending core activities naturally constitute one o the mostreceptive populations in the clusters where the most growth has been seen. While there was a general upsurge in teaching activity across the country, most
hile therewas a generalupsurge in teachingactivity across thecountry, most o thegrowth came roma relatively smallnumber o clustersthat shared severalcharacteristics, such asan emphasis on direct teaching, collectiveteaching projects, anda vigorous institute process.
o the growth came rom a relatively smallnumber o clusters that shared severalcharacteristics. These included:
open and bold assertion o the unda-mental verities o the Cause,” or which
is serving as an eective model. A relatedelement is the condent readiness o agrowing number o the riends to inviteindividuals to become members o the Bahá’í Faith.
under the auspices o the Area Teach-ing Committees. In cluster ater cluster,